Disney Announces Scheduling Shifts for Black Widow, Shang Chi, Others

As moviegoing slowly begins to rebound in the U.S., it appears Hollywood studios aren’t yet ready to release their biggest blockbuster hopefuls on the big screen, Variety reports.

All that is to say Disney has massively overhauled its upcoming slate and amended release plans for Black WidowCruella, Pixar’s Luca and several others.

Notably, Black Widow and Cruella will now premiere on Disney+ at the same time they open in theaters. Cruella is arriving as scheduled on May 28, while Black Widow has been pushed back two months and will debut on July 9 instead of May 7. Both titles will be offered on Premier Access, which comes with a $30 rental fee.

The scheduling shift for Black Widow means that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which was previously set for July, was bumped back to Sept. 3. It’s expected to have a traditional theatrical release.

Meanwhile, Pixar’s animated coming-of-age adventure Luca won’t play in theaters and instead is launching exclusively on Disney+, at no extra cost, on June 18.

Meghan Murphy

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